What is hpswp_clipbook.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the hpswp_clipbook.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Hpswp_clipbook.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpswp_clipbook
Hpswp_clipbook.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HP Smart Web Printing add-on for Internet Explorer or Leo (ClipBookDB) - add-on for Internet Explorer belongs to software HP Smart Web Printing by Hewlett-Packard Co (

Description: Hpswp_clipbook.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Hpswp_clipbook.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 116,280 bytes (54% of all occurrences), 173,672 bytes or 116,032 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. Hpswp_clipbook.exe is digitally signed. The hpswp_clipbook.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with HP Smart Web Printing or HP Image Zone occur, you can do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hpswp_clipbook.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the hpswp_clipbook.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

hpswp_clipbook.exe is part of Smart Web Printing from Hewlett-Packard
Seems to only appear in Task Manager when a browser window is opened. Once all browser windows have been closed, "hpswp_clipbook.exe" disappears too.
  Steve J.  

Summary: Average user rating of hpswp_clipbook.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving hpswp_clipbook issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hpswp_clipbook. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the hpswp_clipbook.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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